Veteran members of the Democratic National Committee, The Hotline said Tuesday, have identified Brazile -- who is originally from Louisiana but is now a television commentator and Washington-based private consultant -- as the easy frontrunner in the race for national party chairman, should she decide to run.
The date of the election, while not set in stone, is most likely to be in February at the DNC's winter meeting. To be officially nominated, a candidate needs the signatures of 20 members of the 400-plus Democratic National Committee membership, a threshold Brazile can meet easily.
Other names being mentioned include former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, who is the only potential candidate to have formally indicated an interest in the post, and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who is seen as the antidote to Bush's strong support in the U.S. Latino community. None, however, has both the insider and grassroots contacts Brazile enjoys.